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[7 Jun 2011 | 3 Comments | ]
Kiama Sustainability Expo 2011

Lots of photos from the Kiama Sustainability Expo and Kiama Community Garden Open Day, held on Sunday. There were lots of local organisations and businesses present, as well as celebrity gardener Costa from SBS. What a top day!

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[22 Mar 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
Jamberoo Community Growers Bulb Order Fundraiser

Jamberoo Community Growers, a local gardening club affiliated with the Garden Clubs Of Australia, is selling flower bulbs as a fundraiser. We’re hoping to raise enough money to cover our insurance for the year, and maybe some running costs as well.

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[27 Oct 2010 | Comments Off on Support The Green Box Regional Food Cooperative! | ]
Support The Green Box Regional Food Cooperative!

The new Green Box Regional Food Cooperative Ltd needs your help to show Matt Brown’s office that they have broad support from within the Kiama community. Please help!

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[19 Oct 2010 | 4 Comments | ]
Shellharbour Solar Expo A Huge Success

I spent most of Sunday helping to staff the Jamberoo FutureCare table at the Shellharbour Solar Expo, at Shellharbour Workers’ Club (who actually have 22 kW of solar panels installed themselves – see photo).

The expo was organised by Jamberoo FutureCare, in conjunction with Shellharbour and Kiama Councils. There were a number of solar power and solar hot water suppliers there, displaying their products and giving people quotes. There was also a wind power company and a few other energy-related displays. FutureWorld had the table next to us, which was great …

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[13 Oct 2010 | 5 Comments | ]
Home Journeys: The Documentary

We’re making a documentary!

One of the community groups I belong to, Jamberoo FutureCare, recently teamed up with local documentary filmmaker Russell Hawkins to apply for a cultural grant from Kiama Council. Our proposal was to make a documentary about local people trying to live more sustainably.

Lucky for us, Council liked the idea and awarded us funding to produce it.

There’s an article in today’s Kiama Independent (we snagged the front page!) with a little more info.

Over the next few days I’ll post some more information about what we’re trying to do, …

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[1 Aug 2010 | 4 Comments | ]

We had a fantastic presentation today at the Jamberoo Community Growers meeting, by the people from Organic Crop Protectants. A big part of the talk was on organic fruit fly control, using their “eco-naturalure” male fruit fly trap and attractant/insecticide products. It looks like a great system to keep these frustrating pests down.

You simply bait the male fruit fly trap and install it in your garden, then wait for them to show up. Once you start to see males being captured, you know the fruit fly are active. You then …

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[26 Jun 2010 | 3 Comments | ]
Kiamasphere Web Site Launch

I was fortunate enough to be invited to speak at the launch of Kiama Council’s new Kiamasphere web site on Thursday.

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ll probably know that our sustainability journey really got going when my family joined the Sustainable Illawarra Super Challenge. It gave us the impetus to stop thinking and start acting on the changes we wanted to make.

The Sustainable Illawarra web site contains a lot of valuable information and resources to help people learn more about living sustainably in the Illawarra region. …

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[7 Jun 2010 | Comments Off on Jamberoo Community Growers – Don Cairns Talk | ]

What a great turnout we had at yesterday’s Jamberoo Community Growers meeting!

Don Cairns, former resident of Kiama and Kangaroo Valley and now living in Nowra, gave an excellent talk about growing food through the season.

Don has been gardening for many years, and understands our climate and weather patterns very well. His tips and local knowledge were very interesting.

Some of his interesting recommendations included:

growing tomatoes early in the season (for eating around Christmas), then planting a second round in the new year (for eating around May/June) to …

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[5 May 2010 | 2 Comments | ]

I attended an event at the Kiama Library last night, “Sustaining The Library”, put on by the Kiama Greens.

Ten years ago, The Greens donated about $1200 worth of books and CDs about the environment and sustainability to the Kiama Library. Last night they did it again. There are some great books in the collection – I particularly want to read the ones by Michael Pollan and Barbara Kingsolver. Some nice DVDs were included too.

As part of the event, The Greens wanted to highlight and promote some local sustainability groups that …

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[2 Feb 2010 | 3 Comments | ]
Kiama Show 2010

I spent the day on Saturday manning a sustainability stall at the Kiama Show, and really enjoyed getting to talk to the many people that stopped by. I was wearing a few hats on the day – representing Jamberoo Community Growers, Kiama FutureCare and Jamberoo FutureCare.

The three groups pooled our resources and had information on all the various government rebates and incentives for improving the sustainability of households. We also had handouts and giveaways from Kiama Council.

The Kiama FutureCare group organised for some local businesses to have stalls – there …